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September 12, 2012 8:11:06 AM

Build date: ASAP
Range: 3K
System Use: Gaming
Monitor is Seperate cost.
Overclocking and SLI is a definite. (SLI in near future)

Motherboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:EVGA Signature 04G-P4-2692-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: ENERMAX Maxrevo EMR1500EWT 1500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1866C10R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: ??? thinking of Windows xp, and Windows 7.

Total So far: 2400$

HHD, Monitors, OS, and extra connection cords for PSU are NOT included here, because they are, for this project, considered a seperate cost. Will be taken care of seperately. But make suggestions as wanted.

I'm trying to get this build together for a friend of mine. Problem is, I'm stuck. I've been trying to simply get the Water Cooling set up. But that was a wash due to the tower i had in mind showing up as discontinued. The Thermaltake Level 10 GT LCS.
http://www.xoxide.com/thermaltake-level10gtlcs-liquidco...
But now, i've got a headache just trying to get it all together. So, i wanna know if what i got so far is good enough or needs tweeking. Especially the tower w/ Liquid Cool. Any help there would be overly appreciated, cause it's my first build in about 5 years.

The tower is going to need to be a Full ATX or larger if they have one. The long term goal is to have 2x GTX 690. SLI and potentially Liquid Cooled. CPU Overclock @ 5.2 -5.9, hence the liquid cooling, and Motherboard choices. Ram @ 32GB max.

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September 12, 2012 8:27:01 AM

Nasire_2002 said:
Build date: ASAP
Range: 3K
System Use: Gaming
Monitor is Seperate cost.
Overclocking and SLI is a definite. (SLI in near future)

Motherboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157322

CPU:Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116501

Video Card:EVGA Signature 04G-P4-2692-KR GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130790

PSU: ENERMAX Maxrevo EMR1500EWT 1500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817194106

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1866C10R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233277

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6829102033

Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6836121044

Total So far: 2400$

I'm trying to get this build together for a friend of mine. Problem is, I'm stuck. I've been trying to simply get the Water Cooling set up. But that was a wash due to the tower i had in mind showing up as discontinued. The Thermaltake Level 10 GT LCS.
http://www.xoxide.com/thermaltake-level10gtlcs-liquidco...
But now, i've got a headache just trying to get it all together. So, i wanna know if what i got so far is good enough or needs tweeking. Especially the tower w/ Liquid Cool. Any help there would be overly appreciated, cause it's my first build in about 5 years.


Decent fully customized watercooling gear will cost you at least 500 bucks excluding case, are you sure you are up for it? If so, go to watercooling subforum and start reading the sticky guide to watercooling to gain basic knowledge in what you need for your watercooling gear.
September 12, 2012 8:37:58 AM

FYI your links are broken.

Here is what I will change and why:
Motherboard: Do you need such an expensive board? The ASUS P8Z77-V boards are perfect and a lot cheaper.
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P8Z77-V - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: GTX690? Really? How many screens will he be running? Rather go for a GTX680 (or 670 which is not that much slower) and SLI or TRI-SLI later

PSU: You don't need a 1500W, 1050w will be MORE than enough. And get a SEASONIC or Corsair PSU

Sound Card: Those speakers are not compatible with the sound card. Sound card is primarily for high-end headphones. Look at the Creative Recon3D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Get something "nicer", something like the Corsair 800D

HDD/SSD: You didn't mention hard drives or SSDs. I'd recommend 2x 120's or a 256GB from Intel or Corsair

That will save you a lot of cash.

Short answer for water cooling is that it doesn't come cheap. You need to splash some cash to get decent equipment.


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September 12, 2012 8:57:17 AM

With such a high budget I think you should go with LGA2011.
As mentioned above it's good idea to buy GTX680 and then add second one if it's needed. Custom watercooling is expensive, so maybe get a pre-built water loop for cpu only?

I'd quickly built something like that:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hez8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hez8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hez8/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 PRO ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($297.00 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($141.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($244.96 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($258.28 @ Amazon)
Total: $2708.07
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 04:58 EDT-0400)

I don't say it's the best out there, just an example what to aim for.
September 12, 2012 9:05:33 AM

Sorry bout the links, checked them after the post this time. He intends to shift all of his gaming from XBOX 360 over to PC. Same with PS3. He's going to keep the systems for games that are platform games from each system.
HHD/SSD's are a seperate cost.
The PSU is chosen for future expansion. Another GTX 690, possible water cool for CPU/GPU. As well as some other frivilous things just cause he can. (???) The Vid cards, i understand. But he wants to use the CPU to its MAX potential. That requires OC, Hyper-Threading, and the Intel K-Series unlocked CPU that the Motherboard has. It's the only way i know of to try to get 5.8 out of a 3.3 GHz CPU
September 12, 2012 9:18:27 AM

i see no point of spending so much on a gaming rig.
spend $1.5 now and upgrade in future!
note: 690 quad sli is buggy!
!